Interior Department Announces Clean Water Grants
$17 million in funding to build clean infrastructure.
Last week, the Department of the Interior announced that it would be providing over $17 million in grants to local governments, and local communities to help keep waterways clean and stimulate nearby economies. In total, 27 states were selected to have funding to help boaters keep the waters clean through the Clean Vessel Act. Boaters will be able to utilize new pump-out systems to ensure the safe disposal of onboard sewage, as well as boater education services.
Secretary Bernhardt said “The boating community plays a role in keeping our waterways clean, which benefits anglers, other recreationists, and wildlife. The Clean Vessel Act program facilitates responsible boater behavior, makes substantial contributions to local communities and their economies, and is a great example of the Department’s commitment to work with state and local partners to improve infrastructure and support conservation efforts." Funding for this program comes through taxation of boaters for gas, and other licenses.
- For the Department of the Interior to create strong programs to keep the nation’s waterways clean.
- For local governments to steward the grant money they receive well in order to promote cleaner waters.
- For Secretary Bernhardt to be used by God to lead the Interior Department effectively.